Rosehips Monograph

Scientific name of Rosehips:
Rosa Canina

Action of Rosehips:
Natural source of vitamin C, an important nutrient that maintains neurotransmitter productivity, blood vessels, bones and skin

Rosehips is used for these common wellness concerns:
Immune system response; nervous system function

Find Rosehips in these Clarocet blends:

An Overview of Rosehips

Rosehips are the ripe, fresh or dried seed receptacle of Rosa Canina (Dog Rose), one of the most familiar flowers in the world. The fruit of the Rosehip shrub maintains an above-average concentration of Vitamin C as ascorbic acid, which provides positive support for:

  • Immune system response
  • Nervous system function
  • Tissue growth and collagen production

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that the body is unable to produce on its own. Therefore, it must be replenished everyday through the diet. A Vitamin C deficiency may result in fatigue and weakness, swollen gums, nosebleeds, irritability and depressed mood.

Science and Pharmacology of Rosehips

Laboratory studies have determined that Rosehips contain multiple biologically-active components including:

  • Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
  • Beta Carotene
  • Thiamine
  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K

Vitamin CBeta CaroteneThiamineRiboflavin and other phytochemical constituents derived from Rosehips are considered to be cofactors. Scientists define cofactors as the single most important set of components required to maintain fundamental processes throughout the body. Basic nervous system functions such as neurotransmitter synthesis and healthy cell-to-cell communication would not be possible without the presence of necessary vitamin, mineral and amino acid cofactors.

Supplementing a balanced diet with Rose Hips may support a strong immune system response and promote healthy nervous system function. Because of their nutritional value, Rose Hips are formulated along with other essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids to help maintain physical and emotional wellness.

Rosehips Safety and Usage

Rosehips are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the US Food and Drug Administration ( No consensus on dosage exists. Rosehips are included in the Clarocet Junior formula in the recommended dose to assist in the breakdown of the active ingredient 5-HTP. Consult with your healthcare provider to learn more about suggested dosage ranges.

What are the potential side effects of Rosehips?

Rosehips are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the US Food and Drug Administration ( Side effects have not been reported as a result of Rosehip use.

Is Rosehips safe for children?

Rosehips are well tolerated when used in children. Because each child is unique, Rosehips should be administered under the supervision of a professional healthcare provider.

Does Rosehips adversely interact with prescription drugs?

Rosehips have no known contraindications. If you are taking a prescription medication, it is recommended that you consult with your prescribing doctor before making any changes or additions to your current treatment plan.

What precautions should I take before beginning Rosehips?

Consult with your healthcare provider before beginning a wellness plan that includes dietary supplements like Rosehips.

Rosehips Clinical Studies

Clinical References and Resources

1. Metabolic Pathways to Dopamine and Norepinephrine
Beverly Instructional Center
January, 2000 : [Read the Article]

2. The role of ascorbic acid in the oxidation of tryptophan to 5-hydroxytryptophan.
Cooper JR.
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1961 Apr 21;92:208-11. PMID: 13695324 [Read the Abstract]

3. The Science Of 5-HTP: An Overview of 5-Hydroxy-L-Tryptophan
Medicor Labs Corporation
April, 2004: [Read the Full Text ]

4. ADHD and Dopamine
Thomas S.
C. Jan. 2004 [Read the Full Text ]

5. Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Micromedix, Inc.
Medline Plus; Rev.: May 01, 1995 [Read the Full Text ]

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Last Updated: February 2015 [PHMF-03-0]